In Australian football history, the first game of association football has always been thought to have been played here in 1880 between the Kings School and… ahem, the Wanderers. A name borrowed by a certain other club based in the western suburbs.
Well lo and behold, a researcher has found an article published in a small regional paper, reporting a game, played using English Football Association rules, between Germanton and Yarra Yarra in 1878. We have squads named and even a match report. The game was played at Germanton (in southern NSW, now renamed Holbrook, no doubt during the war). Yarra Yarra were 1-0 winners.
It’s amazing these little historical nuggets are still turned up.